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Galatians 3:3

3:3 Are you so foolish? Although you began 1  with 2  the Spirit, are you now trying to finish 3  by human effort? 4 

Galatians 5:16-17

5:16 But I say, live 5  by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh. 6  5:17 For the flesh has desires that are opposed to the Spirit, and the Spirit has desires 7  that are opposed to the flesh, for these are in opposition to 8  each other, so that you cannot do what you want.

1 tn Grk “Having begun”; the participle ἐναρξάμενοι (enarxamenoi) has been translated concessively.

2 tn Or “by the Spirit.”

3 tn The verb ἐπιτελεῖσθε (epiteleisqe) has been translated as a conative present (see ExSyn 534). This is something the Galatians were attempting to do, but could not accomplish successfully.

4 tn Grk “in/by [the] flesh.”

5 tn Grk “walk” (a common NT idiom for how one conducts one’s life or how one behaves).

6 tn On the term “flesh” (once in this verse and twice in v. 17) see the note on the same word in Gal 5:13.

7 tn The words “has desires” do not occur in the Greek text a second time, but are repeated in the translation for clarity.

8 tn Or “are hostile toward” (L&N 39.1).

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